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FA Vase: Clapton win replay at Woodford Town

PUBLISHED: 19:28 05 September 2018 | UPDATED: 19:28 05 September 2018

Action from the FA Vase tie between Clapton and Woodford Town at the Old Spotted Dog (pic TIm Edwards)

Action from the FA Vase tie between Clapton and Woodford Town at the Old Spotted Dog (pic TIm Edwards)

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Clapton booked their place in the second qualifying round of the FA Vase with a 3-1 win in their replay at Woodford Town on Tuesday.

The two sides had battled to a 1-1 draw at the Old Spotted Dog at the weekend, after Tons netted a controversial penalty, and met again at Harlow Arena.

Woodford took the lead at their adopted home, thanks to a well-struck free-kick from Taku Mashingaidze, but an improved display from Clapton saw them hit back to lead 2-1 at the break.

The hosts pushed forward in search of an equaliser as play swung from end to end in the second half, but their hopes were shattered when Clapton netted a third goal, which was followed by a red card for Woods striker Temi Babola.

Clapton’s Jeffrey Cobblah took to Twitter to post: “Good win and performance from the boys tonight. In to the next round of the @FaVase @ClaptonFootball.”

Woods assistant manager Neil Day admitted his side were well beaten but bemoaned their luck, saying: “We didn’t do enough to win which was disappointing and to rub salt in the wound we’ve seen video of Saturday’s penalty which proved what we had suspected.

“Even tonight, our players were convinced the Clapton keeper fumbled a shot over the line at 2-1 and it wasn’t given. Saying that Clapton were the better side tonight so deserved to go through.”

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